ITV commissions new series of Innocent written by acclaimed screenwriter, Chris Lang and starring Katherine Kelly
Following the critical acclaim and ratings success of the first series of Innocent, ITV’s Head of Drama Polly Hill, has commissioned a new story with the Innocent label. Katherine Kelly will take the leading role of Sally Wright who is fighting, against all odds, to prove her innocence.
Katherine commented: "I’m thrilled to be working on this complex and thrilling drama by Matt Arlidge and Chris Lang. I look forward to bringing the mix of Sally’s fragility and quiet strength to life.”
The new four-part series (4 x 60’) opens with Sally in the dock of Carlisle Crown Court, steely and determined to prove her innocence and that she’s been the victim of a terrible miscarriage of justice. As she waits for the jury to deliver on her appeal, Sally contemplates how she’s lost everything she holds dear. Her relationship, home and marriage to Probation Officer, Sam, her job as Head of English at a local comprehensive, her status and good name in the community, and personal contact with her aging mother who now lives in a care home.
ITV Drama Commissioner, Huw Kennair said: “Innocent II is a thriller which keeps you guessing to the very end. Chris and Matt's brilliant scripts are compelling and the characters incredibly relatable. We’re thrilled to be working again with TXTV and Chris Lang on a second instalment of Innocent.”
The first series of Innocent was one of ITV’s highest rated dramas of 2018 with an average of over 7 million viewers for each of the four episodes, based on seven-day consolidated data.